The Gray Olive Cafe – Burnaby

Even though it’s ‘Burnaby’, I would consider it Vancouver. Super cute and small but can get packed very quickly.

V-STAR Rating: 

Variety – 7/10 – They have sandwiches, 1 burger, toast, oatmeal, salads, benny, and chicken & waffle. Their menu only has Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, and Drinks and they close at 3 so you best believe everyone would be coming here at roughly the same time.

Service – n/a –  Order and sit down. Then they bring it to you. You are expected to get your own cutlery or other condiments from the ‘help yourself bar’.

Taste – 9/10 – I thought it was pretty good. But most of the dishes we got, the taste started to get repetitive and I think I was unable to finish mine completely.

Atmosphere – n/a – other than the fact that it is really cramped in there.

Reasonably Priced – 7/10 – It is pretty expensive if you want the more interesting dishes. The plain jane dishes are decently priced.

Overall, I wouldn’t come here again. It’s too hyped/crowded. I would just go closer to home like West Village Cafe.

yours truly,

tb ❤

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Hapa Izakaya – Coal Harbour Vancouver

Modern Japanese Cuisine. It’s unfortunate to hear that this location is closing down sometime this month… 😦

 

V-STAR Rating:

Variety – 8/19 – A lot of things you could get! Rice & Noodles, limited Tacos, Sushi, Salads, Sashimi, cold Tapas, hot Tapas,

Service – 8/10 – The servers were friendly and quick. Everyone looked nice – literally.

Taste – 9/10 – Majority of the things we ordered were quite delicious!

Atmosphere – 8/10 – ambiance is nice there – probably because of the view of the water.

Reasonably Priced – 8/10 – I think it’s reasonably priced especially during happy hour! You can try and share many things during happy hour 🙂

Overall, I would come there again but they’re closing down this location so I probably wouldn’t make my way to their Yaletown location unless I was already in the area.

yours truly,

tb ❤

Hoi An Cafe – Vancouver

I kept seeing this on Instagram and finally decided to make the trip. Even at 1:30 PM/2:00 PM, it was still packed and we had to wait about 15 minutes for a table.

 

V-STAR Rating: 

Variety – 9/10 – You can have more than just your typical Vietnamese dishes. Besides the normal Rice, Pho or Noodle dishes, you can have other dishes like Banh Bot Loc and their specialty noodle dish. There’s just a lot of different authentic Vietnamese dishes other than just Pho and Bun (Noodles).

Service – 8/10 – We were greeted right away. They were friendly and tried to be as quick as they could despite it being really busy.

Taste – 10/10 – Super flavorful (but not overpowering) and one of the best Bun Bo Hue’s that I’ve had. My sister had this yellow noodle (that was their specialty) and she actually finished the dish (to the best of her ability). My boyfriend had a chicken and rice dish that was marinated very well and the chicken was very tender and moist. He said it was the best chicken and rice plate ever.

Atmosphere – n/a

Reasonably Priced – 8/10 – For the quality that you get, it was definitely worth the price. It’s not overly expensive but it is not dirt cheap either.

Overall, I would definitely come here again if I was closer to the area. Super delicious but the distance is not worth it for me.

yours truly,

tb ❤

Nahm Thai Bistro – Surrey

Been here a couple times already but haven’t really  made a review post for it yet so here it is! The first few times I came here, it wasn’t that great. Decided to come here again with friends and it was better than the first two experiences.

V-STAR Rating: 

Variety – 8/10 – There’s a lot of things you can have – rice, noodles, soup with a variety of “toppings”. There’s also Thai specialty drinks and dessert.

Service – 9/10 – They were quick and food came out fast. Maybe because we were one of the only ones (cause it was still kind of early). It started to pick up half way through our dinner. Regardless, still friendly and quick.

Taste – 8.5/10 – we got the sharing platter (ate it before I got to take a pic), Tom Yum Soup, Pad Thai, and Green Curry w/ Rice.

Atmosphere – n/a  

Reasonably Priced – 7/10 – It wasn’t over the top but Pink Elephant has better deals and combos that you can get. This place didn’t offer deals like that so it was meh.

Overall, this place isn’t my go-to Thai place in Surrey.

yours truly,

tb ❤

Victoria Sushi – New Westminster

We wanted to try something new but we didn’t want to go too far away from home.. M googled and have heard of this Sushi place and it had good reviews for their aburi… (don’t get too excited).

V-STAR RATING:

Variety – 8/10 – They have a fair variety. It’s not just all sushi. You can also get don bowls and stuff other rice/noodle dishes.

Service – 6/10 – not the greatest service and it wasn’t even crowded. It took time to get our order in place

Taste – 7/10 – TBH, I prefer Sushi California’s aburi better. I have yet to try to Miku aburi but this one just doesn’t cut it … It’s very popular but maybe I was expecting too much because of the hype and ended up getting disappointed? Who knows. You can always go and try it since it’s not far and doesn’t cost much!

Atmosphere – n/a

Reasonably Priced – 8/10 – I guess it is considering you can afford the aburi here.. LOL

Overall, I would probably come here one more time but not if it’s out of my way.

yours truly,

tb ❤

Hibachi Teppanyaki Bar & Grill – Toronto

We were actually supposed to go to a restaurant in Hamilton but it was closed. Maybe everything happens for a reason because I really enjoyed this place.

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V-STAR Rating:
Varity – 9/10 – a lot of choices here. There are items on the a la carte menu like sushi and appetizers. There are a lot of choices for your meat and the style of your rice/noodles as well.
Service – 8/10 – would’ve been a higher score because of the entertainment that came with the dinner (our chef was funny and fun), but then our server failed to inform me that they ran out of “the things to make my sushi” so I had to ask where’s my sushi after we were almost done our main. Shake my head.
Taste – 9/10 – Omgosh, it was delicious. The sauce that came with it was soooooooo good! I want to know what it was but the server spoke too quiet/too fast/too much accent. At first, I thought the sauces were going to be gross just because it looked like runny peanut butter… LOL
Atmosphere – 9/10 – super fun! Super hot and entertaining! Note to self: learn how to catch things with my mouth so the next time the chef throws a zucchini at me, I can catch it.
Reasonably Priced – 9/10 – for the experience and the amount of food we got, I would say we got the bang for the buck!!!! Definitely worth it.
Overall, I would come here again!! A must try!!!!!!

Hibachi Oakville 
Yours truly,
tb ❤

Fring’s – Toronto

Let’s be real here. I only wanted to go here because it was “Drake’s Restaurant” or affiliated with him one way or another. Luckily, I was able to convince M to come with me on a Tuesday


V-STAR Rating:
Varity – 9/10 – the menu is really random in my opinion. You can have pasta, lots of appetizers, lots of finger food choices. Can’t remember what else, but it’s a very loung-ie feeling atmosphere; thus, the selection available was catered towards that.

Service – 10/10 – Of course, the staff was trained very well. We were greeted as soon as we walked through the door. They were quick to take our order and was quick with the food.
Taste – 9.5/10 – We had the Pappardelle pasta, Lee’s Cheese Burger Spring Roll, and the Tuna Tartare. I personally like Cactus Clubs’ Tuna Tartare better. The pasta was delicious – cooked to the perfection of ‘al dente’. The truffle oil and mushrooms was delicious! At first I was a bit skeptical about the Cheese Burger Spring Roll. Sounds really weird doesn’t it? Well, It came as a spring roll with a lettuce underneath the roll. Inside was the meat and cheese. On top of the spring roll, they doused it in some sort of chipotle sauce. This was spicy for me (shocker – not) so it took some time for me to finish it. Regardless it was delicious.

Atmosphere – 9.5/10 – A little too dim for my liking but I guess that’s the feel/vibe they were going for. Definitely love the waves neon lights at the entrance of the bathroom downstairs. I also think they purposely make it dark af so that if there were ‘celebrities’, you couldn’t really see/be 100%. That was me the whole time. “Omg is that ____” “nah can’t be” “actually it’s too dark I can’t even see properly”.

Reasonably Priced: – 8/10 – it wasn’t as experience as I thought it would be. When you’re sharing with others, I can definitely justify the price since you get to try many things. If you weren’t sharing then I don’t think you can fully experience the place without breaking into your wallet a bit.

Overall, I would definitely come here again but on a thurs-sat (because apparently that’s when it’s really bumping and more chances of bumping into celebs (cough drake cough).

Yours truly,

tb ❤